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Biomass boiler approved in Shropshire Green Belt

Acting on behalf of Boningale Homes, our planning team has secured permission for a biomass boiler and associated infrastructure for an energy-efficient residential development within the Shropshire Green Belt.

Council officers concluded that, although in policy terms the proposal would constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt, as a source of renewable and low carbon energy serving the affordable housing in the local vicinity, there were wider environmental benefits which would amount to very special circumstances to allow the proposal in a Green Belt location.

In their assessment of the development proposals, officers also concluded that the biomass boiler would not detract from the visual amenities of the area or from the setting of the Conservation Area and heritage assets in the vicinity.

Senior planner Mark Cullen said: “We were very pleased to bring our general solar and battery energy storage renewable development experience into play in advising and securing this permission which enables direct delivery of sustainable homes and provides a more general contribution to sustainable development.”

Alder King also secured planning permission for the first phase of development on land to the east of Shaw Lane in Albrighton; a planning application for phase 2 is pending and work on phase 3 will commence soon.

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